By Martin Pegler, Mike Chappell
The realm battle 1 was once a watershed in British army and social heritage, or even now the repercussions can nonetheless be felt. No city or village within the British Isles escaped casualty, and the inventive genius of a new release used to be burnt up, at an incalculable loss to society. This e-book appears intimately at how the British soldier lived, fought and died in the course of the nerve-racking battle years. Enlistment, education and all elements of existence on energetic provider are conscientiously tested, together with self-discipline, rest or even the kind and caliber of nutrients that squaddies ate. The research of the British infantryman's event is significantly aided by way of the thoughts of outdated squaddies, which supply an engaging and infrequently bright account of existence at the Western entrance.
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Pupils were required to parry and dodge the padded end in order to thrust their bayonets through the ring on the other end. F: Royal Field Artillery, 1918 Bringing up ammunition to a battery of 18pounder field guns in action. , of the divisional artillery, 51st (Highland) Division, leading a horse which is carrying eight rounds of 18-pounder ammunition. These are in a pannier thrown across a standard 1912-pattern saddle. The animal's bridle is the standard 1902 pattern, with the horse's anti-gas respirator attached.
Planning for Cambrai was, to him, something of a revelation. 'We knew that something big was up, as we had been withdrawn from the line and put into reserve. One day we were told by our officer that we were going to take part in a surprise attack. This was a revelation, I can tell you. 276 in. (7 mm) cartridge, an extremely powerful round. The demands of war in 1914 showed the difficulties of mass producing the SMLE. 303 in. Fitted with a telescopic sight, it made an excellent sniping rifle. 455 in.
VISITING THE BATTLEFIELD In the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in visitors to the battlefields of the Great War. T h e r e are now a number of firms specialising in visiting the Western Front, but for the visitor who prefers to wander at a more leisurely pace there are a number of places of specific interest which are worth visiting. The best way to do this is to equip yourself with one of the battlefield guides now available, some of which are listed below. Please remember - the battlefields are mainly private property, and whilst the farmers are incredibly tolerant, it is polite to avoid fields with crops or livestock in them.